Ultimate hubris: Cloning nature

Leaves me almost speechless. Redwoods and their forest are almost magical – quite inspiring. How did they become so strong and lost lasting? Did they clone each other in a lab and plant millions of just-like-me trees? Silly question? Why did the “scientist” in this story ask it of himself? Because, like many science mechanics, he thinks/believes/self-deludes that he and his cohorts are above nature and can manufacture nature.

Natural selection is as much about natural diversity and errors, as it is about survival and adaptation. Until we understand that, we will not leave forests to themselves and just cordon them off from our interference.

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From Ancient Giants, Finding New Life to Help the Planet

It is just those sprouts that lie at the heart of a plan hatched by a group of tree enthusiasts to clone — and then mass-produce — a collection of colossal redwoods, some of which date to before the birth of Jesus and can soar nearly 40 stories, the tallest living things on earth.

“We want to get the biggest, best genetic representations of the species,” said David Milarch, the co-founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. “And make millions and millions and millions of them.”

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To Rep. Paul Ryan Lying’s Second Nature

Do these guys who lie for a living think no one will ever check on what they have said. Do they think that even their supporters will just accept the lies as a way of doing business? Makes you wonder what else he is lying about.

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Alice Rivlin Does Not Support Ryan’s Plan to Bury Medicare

Yesterday, on “CNBC’s Morning Joe,” Paul Ryan claimed Alice Rivlin, Clinton’s OMB director, as an ally: “Alice Rivlin and I designed these Medicare and Medicaid reforms”
Rivlin revealed
“We talked fairly recently and I said, ‘You know, I can’t support the version that you have in the budget,”

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Fear + Hate = A Death Too Ugly

What can one say, when an activist for peace is killed? We will go on till peace covers the land with flowers instead of blood.

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Israeli peace activist Juliano Mer Khamis shot dead in Jenin

Witnesses say actor – who ran a drama project in a Palestinian refugee camp – was shot five times by masked men

Mer Khamis had received death threats for his work in Jenin

Kadura Musa, governor of Jenin, said: “He was a Palestinian citizen of Israeli origin. An actor and an artist but most of all a true human being. We don’t know why this happened, but all the people of the camp condemn the death of this son of ours whose mother also did so much for the people of Jenin.”

Alaa Eddin Saadi lives next to the theatre, and said that Mer Khamis was shot while in a car also carrying his one-year old son and his nanny, who was wounded in the hand. “I don’t think he was killed because he was Jewish. Some people were angry with the liberal values he was promoting at the theatre, but to me he was a very nice guy who worked hard for the people here.”

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk


Contrail Cloud Clout Concerns…

Contrails do at times seem to crowd out real clouds but are they a problem? Well – YES. Read on.

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Contrails Worse for Climate Change Than Airplane Emissions

A study in the brand-new journal Nature Climate Change reinforces that by suggesting that the clouds currently being generated by air travel have a larger impact on the climate than the cumulative emissions of all aircraft ever flown.
Over central Europe, values peaked at about 10 percent, in part because the output of the North Atlantic corridor drifted in that direction.

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BP Aftermath in Gulf – Death

What you see wash up on the beach has to represent only a fraction of marine life being exterminated by the aftermath of bile released by BP into the Gulf of Mexico. If you look at a map of the drilling platforms in the Gulf, you have to ask – what have they been thinking. And you might get to – What have I been thinking? – about the price earth pays for me driving instead of walking a half mile to buy a soda and a bag of chips to save yourself “time and effort.”

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Sea Turtle Deaths Anger Mississippi Residents

Even 13 dead turtles is an unusually high number in March. In the past three years, NMFS reports no turtles were stranded in Mississippi until the beginning of April. The only other Gulf state to report a rise in on-shore turtle deaths this year is Texas with 48, more than twice the number counted in 2009–the year before the BP oil blowout. That year, the total number of on-shore turtle deaths in the Gulf shot up to 248, nearly five times the number from the previous year.

All five turtle species found in the gulf are endangered or threatened, including the Kemp Ridleys and the Loggerheads often seen near shore.

“I’m really mad. I’m finding dead turtles, birds, giant fish and other animals all over the beach. No one comes by to clean them up right away and people come down here and let their kids play next to them. And the water looks like chicken broth.”

So far this year, at least 134 dolphins have been found stranded along the Gulf coast, about four times the average number.

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Irony in French? N-I-Q-A-B (Veil) Ban

President Sarkozy was at the forefront of beating the war drums for backing Libyan rebels. Fast forward to May. If a conservative but rebel Libyan woman visits France and goes out wearing a full-face veil – niqab, she could be arrested.

Sarkozy also was at forefront in expelling EU citizens from France because they did not have jobs and were Roma (gypsies).

Now it is rumored that if he loses the next election, he plans to deport himself to Arizona and run for office on a ban niqab wearing and being Roma in Arizona platform.

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Full-face veils outlawed as France spells out controversial niqab ban

Veils that cover the face to be illegal from next month, with President Sarkozy accused of trying to win far-right votes

A woman in a niqab
A woman in a niqab walks with a child in the Tuileries, in Paris, France. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/EPA

From Saudi tourists window-shopping on the Champs-Élysées to Muslim women in a departure lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport or the few young French converts on suburban estates, any woman who steps outside in France wearing a veil that covers her face will be breaking the law from next month.

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Drugs in Pigs = Sick People!

Banned drugs for pigs and human found in 4 million pounds of pork in China. How much did they miss – not known. How did it pass into system – smile (money, money, money).

US importing more and more food from all over the world – who’s checking the checkers – Is food safety up for cutting in Congress. Why are we importing green beans from Guatemala, Strawberries from Chile, Pork and chicken from China. Is this how Wal-Mart has become leader in grocery sales buying cheap and questionably safe food, while helping to drive US farmers out of business?

Oh well – who cares – price is the only thing and I “hope” that I and my kids don’t get too sick?

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China pig crisis: Drug residues in pork

In China, more than 2,000 tons of fresh pork and pork products
have been recalled because the meat has tested positive for clenbuterol, a stimulant that is illegal in food-producing animals not only in China but in Europe and the United States.
It revs up the heart and gives you the shakes, and can be especially dangerous for pregnant women
This isn’t the first time clenbuterol has been found in pork in China.

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Bob Herbert: USA Slide – reversible?

When the dream becomes self-delusion, people believe each/all can overcome the odds that have been stacked against them. Read this three times and then think about its implications and what will you do with it” The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. 1. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent. 2. The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent. 3. The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent.

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Losing Our Way

So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.

The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent.

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Woman is…

I do not have the words but this Afghan poet does.

Amplify’d from www.awwproject.org
For International Women’s Day

SHE struggles, hungers, cares, and loves.
SHE is the one for whom we never care.
Purity, honesty, then promises and sacrifices.
SHE is the one about whom we never wonder.
Hard work, talent, then intelligence and power.
SHE is the one about whom we never bother.
SHE helps, supports, gives tenderness. HER role.
SHE is the one for whom we never trouble.
SHE is the one who carries us while we are children,
the hands we have when we want to walk,
the guide for how to grow,
the only shoulder we have to cry on.
SHE is the mother,
the daughter,
the wife,
the sister.
Today is the day to speak of her.
SHE is the ONE we call a woman.

By Pakiza

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